No Good Deed is Too Small When Building School Culture
November has arrived, and the momentum of the school year has all of us sailing along once again. Due dates are marching toward us, and the often uphill battle of working in education can put even the most seasoned among us into a place where we feel like we’re just “treading water.”
But if you’re reading this, you’re one of the culture builders at your school, and you know that we can work to make things better, rather than merely maintaining.
When I’m working with a client, whether it be for TEEN TRUTH or as a counselor, one of the most difficult barriers that I encounter is that my clients know what they need to do, but don’t know where to start.
It’s true that beginning is the hardest part of the process, but once a client finally takes their first step, success actually becomes very likely.
Still, that first step is tricky. How can we tackle the overwhelming challenge of building positive school culture? Surely something so vast and multi-faceted will require heroic efforts?
Fortunately, positive effects don’t just hit the small space where they’re immediately introduced. They have a way of rippling out. Positivity spreads. It spreads farther and faster than I ever would have believed when I started working with schools.
So with that in mind, let me get to the focal point of this message:
No good deed is too small.
No matter what positive thing you decide to do, it will have an effect which will expand out farther than you’ll ever know. Imagine if all of us took up the practice of doing just one good deed every day. Let’s decide now!
What’s something easy that you can do to improve your school’s culture, or just the life of someone around you?
Remember, it doesn’t have to be anything huge! In fact, I usually recommend starting small and building up into bigger things gradually over time. By starting small, we give ourselves the space needed to try something new without it being difficult or intimidating.
There is no good deed too small to do. Will your little deed have as big of an impact as I claim?
There’s only one way to find out!
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JC Pohl, LMFT
President & CEO, TEEN TRUTH